Re: Yes to Publicity! Not to Anonimit! Was: Re: GNOME Foundation Annual Elections - proposal

<quote who="Aleksey Sanin">

> It's well known that one of the reasons that code reviews do imporve
> software quality is the fact that person writing the code knows that
> someone else will look at what s/he is writing. Knowing that anyone (the
> world) can take a look at your votes will make you think about it a little
> bit more. And probably this would help to reduce the number of cases when
> people vote for someone just because s/he has a cute last name :)

It will make you think about it more - but will the result be good or bad?
I don't know the answer to this question, and I don't belive you've
adequately answered it either.

> Finally, as far as I remember the history, original democratic voting
> system in Greece *was not* anonymous. And not everyone was allowed to vote
> (you had to own land in the town in order to participate in voting).
> People who did have right to vote were repsonsible for their descisions by
> property and land they own. And at the end by their lives too.

Whether the voter is known or not has no bearing on whether a vote is
democratic or not. You keep talking about responsibility, but I don't think
you've answered the question - what is this open responsibility useful for,
in *our* case.

(fwiw, I was not completely comfortable with the idea to begin with. But I
don't think that you're enhancing the conversation by not backing up what
this responsibility will be useful for.)

- Jeff

-- 2004: Adelaide, Australia
     "Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system." - From Monty
                      Python to ESR, by way of Al Viro

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